How can you support the production and availability of organic, whole foods in your local area? Here are three fabulous ways to make a big difference in your local organic foods and economy.
1. Grow Your Own Food
Even if all you are able to grow is a salad or two, the act of producing your own food will give you a greater appreciation for what it takes to grow food. You’ll learn that sometimes the most flavorful foods aren’t the most perfect looking and you’ll also learn the taste of true and healthy food that hasn’t been shipping thousands of miles. (Need help getting started? Check out Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) for help.)
2. Connect With Local Co-Ops or Growers
As I say in my Untrained Housewife Manifesto, the intentional and self-sufficient lifestyle isn’t just about decreasing reliance on large corporations, but increasing inter-connectedness with local companies, people, and resources. Bartering, cooperative food productions, and service providers can all be found within driving distance – so why pay for less than top quality from right next door.
3. Make it Yourself, or Buy From Someone who Does!
It is near-impossible for many of us to raise all our food ourselves. But if you can buy from someone who IS raising their own food -especially with important items like meat or grains – then you will be way better off. Not only that, but you can purchase with confidence as you’ll be able to speak to the grower first hand about what conditions the food or animal was raised in.
Organic growers face huge obstacles trying to make a living growing food or raising animals. They not only pay extra for certifications and inspections, but they do not get subsidies and price breaks that commercial growers do. That’s why I love what TakePart is doing right now with their simple petition. The same TakePart that brought us Food, Inc and other socially relevant movements is now asking YOU to speak up and let Congress know that we want more support for people who are trying to produce healthy and organic foods at affordable prices for everyone.
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